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The Purdue University Research Center in Economics (PURCE) hosts a number of events each year that highlight our faculty, their research, and the research's ability to help community groups, businesses, and government address economic challenges.

PURCE also hosts visitors to campus for lectures and more intimate conversations; many events are open to the public while some are reserved for students or PURCE partners and supporters.

Economic Policy Luncheons

PURCE hosts an Economic Policy Lunch series featuring a faculty member presenting their latest empirical research findings. These lunch hour events are held in Krannert's Rawls Hall, and attendance is by invitation only.

See a list of past speakers and their topics on our News page

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Our next luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, 2020, and will feature Krannert Assistant Professor of Economics, Dr. Joe Mazur, speaking on competition policy and anticompetitive mergers.

In the United States, as in most developed nations, competition policy prohibits anticompetitive mergers. We know from theory and practice that mergers in concentrated industries may result in higher prices, worse products, and slower innovation.

Dr. Mazur will briefly explain how the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission view potentially anticompetitive mergers, including some factors that may offset the potential negatives just mentioned. One of these factors is potential entry by other firms after the merger is consummated. Subsequent entry can offset some of a merger’s anticompetitive effects. However, as Professor Mazur will show by discussing a recent research paper on airline mergers, we cannot simply assume that other firms will enter, nor that their entry will even be beneficial for consumers.